Books we Buy

The List below is a selection of the Authors and Titles which we are always looking to buy,mostly First Editions in Dust-Wrappers preferably.This is not a complete list as there are other Authors that we would consider.We travel anywhere in the UK to visit large collections,or you are welcome to bring the books to us for evaluation or for sale  

We would be very interested to hear from you if you have a collection or library of Rare Literature,Modern First Editions,Children’s and Illustrated books,Sporting Books,especially Big Game Hunting,Field Sports,boxing,billiards,football and Golf.We also buy Significant Signed Books in any field,Mountaineering,Travel and books on the Arctic and Polar Exploration

If You have anything of interest please do not hesitate to contact us on 01254 247 874

or e-mail richard.thorntonbooks@btinternet.com        

George Orwell – We buy any UK First Editions by this Author – especially first editions prior to 1945

Roald Dahl: Particularly signed or UK first UK Editions Published by Jonathan Cape in dust wrappers

Evelyn Waugh: We are always looking for First UK Editions in Dust-Jacket

E E Cummings: ‘Enormous Room’ First US Edition 1922 and UK Firsts

Charles Darwin Any Early Hardbacks

TE Lawrence Seven Pillars First Edition

William Golding – Lord of the Flies or any Signed UK First Editions 

John Le Carre First Edition in Dust-Jacket or any Signed Copies  

Rendell,Ruth Any Titles Pre 1980

Moore,Brian Judith Hearne

Sayers,D.L Any Crime Titles in Dust-Jacket

Murdoch,Iris First Five Books in Dust-Jacket or any Signed Titles  

Science Fiction Any Rare First Editions in Dust-Jacket

Philip Larkin pre 1960 First Editions In Dust-Jacket

Snow,C.P Any Signed First Editions in Dust-Jacket

Chandler,Raymond Any First Editions in Dust-Jacket

Herbert,Frank Dune in Dust-Jacket

Mitchell,Gladys Pre 1940 Titles in Dust-Jacket

Greene.Graham Any Pre 1940 Titles with or without Dust-Jackets

Stoker,Bram Dracula

Waugh,Evelyn Any Signed Firsts or Pre 1980

Chatwin,Bruce In Patagonia

Banks,Iain The Wasp Factory

Hornby,Nick Fever Pitch

A A Milne: Any First Editions

E B White – ‘Stuart Little’/’Charlotte’s Web’ First Editions UK in dust wrappers 

Enid Blyton – Any First Editions with Dust-Wrappers,Any Signed Books/Letters/Photographs

J K Rowling – The Philosopher’s Stone First UK Edition 1997 hardcover or any Signed Editions

Richmal Crompton – Any Just William First Editions in hardback and with Dust-Jackets

J R R Tolkien – Any first Editions first issue editions of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King in dust wrappers – or Second Editions 1966 in Dust-Wrappers

WH Johns: Biggles/Gimlet,Worrals First Editions/Nice Reprints in D/J  

Enid Blyton Any First Editions in Dustwrapper/Signed Copies/Famous Five/Adventure Series 

 

SPORTING BOOKS Any good Billiards,Golf,Polo,Football,Boxing Books or Anything Signed Considered.

LITERATURE

Agatha Christie: We are always willing to buy any Pre-1952 First Editions published by Collins in Dust-Wrappers

Alan Sillitoe: Any Signed First Editions in dust jackets including The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’.

Albert Camus: ‘The Outsider’ First UK Edition 1946

Aldous Huxley: Brave New World First Edition with or without Dust-Jackets and any signed titles.

Aleister Crowley: Moonchild First Edition Published By Mandrake Press 1929

Anthony Burgess – ‘A Clockwork Orange’ & The Malayan Trilogy or any signed First UK Editions

Anthony Powell – Any Pre-1964 First Editions in the ‘Dance To The Music of Time’ series – published by Heinemann or any Signed Copies

Arthur C Clarke – ‘2001 – A Space Odyssey First UK Edition 1968 or Signed Titles

Arthur Conan Doyle – ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ and ‘The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes’ First Editions published by George Newnes

Hines, Barry – A Kestrel for a Knave – First UK Edition published by Michael Joseph

Isherwood, Christopher – Any Pre-1955 first UK editions in dust jackets or any signed editions, Published by The Hogarth Press Press

Lawrence, D H – Any first editions prior to 1940 in Dust-Jacket

Colin Dexter – Any first editions in jackets published before 1980

C S Lewis – Any ‘Narnia’ First Editions in dust jackets published by Bles/The Bodley Head

Daphne Du Maurier – Signed First Editions/Limited Editions

Dick Francis – First Editions in Dust-wrapper prior to 1968

EM Forster – Any first editions with or without dust-Jackets and any signed First Editions

Ernest Hemingway – Any US or UK First Editions in Dust-Wrappers

Frank Herbert – Dune First UK Edition Published by Gollancz, 1966

Franz Kafka – Any first editions published by Martin Secker

HG Wells – UK First Editions published before 1910 and any with dust wrappers

Jack Kerouac – ‘On The Road’ First UK Edition published by Andre Deutsch and any others published by Andre Deutsch

JD Salinger – ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ First UK or US Edition

JG Ballard – Any First UK Editions of ‘Crash’ published by Cape and any published by Gollancz. Any signed books also wanted

J M Barrie – Any First UK Editions

John Buchan – Any early First UK Editions

John Fowles – Pre-1970 UK First Editions and ANY signed material or first editions

John Le Carre – Any First UK Editions or any Signed First Editions in Dust-Wrappers

Joseph Heller – First UK Edition of Catch 22 published by Cape 1962 in dust wrapper

Ken Kesey – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest First UK Edition

Kenneth Grahame – The Wind in the Willows First or Early Editions Wanted

Kurt Vonnegut – Any First UK Editions or any Signed Copies Reprints

Lawrence Durrell – Any Signed Uk First Editions

Len Deighton Any Signed First UK Editions

Malcolm Lowry – Ultramarine or Under the Volcane First UK Editions

Martin Amis – His First Three Books or any Signed Copies

Mervyn Peake – Any UK Gormenghast Novels Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode

Muriel Spark – Any Signed First Editions or any Titles published before 1964

Christopher Isherwood All Signed First Editions in dust wrappers

Oscar Wilde – Any First Editions

Patricia Highsmith – Any UK First Editions Prior to 1970

Charteris,Leslie Any Signed Firsts

Patrick Hamilton – First UK Editions prior to 1950

Patrick O’Brian – Any First Editions Pre 1990 and any Signed Copies

Philip K Dick – Any First Editions in D/J

Philip Pullman – Northern Lights,The Subtle Knife First UK Editions and Any signed titles

Ronald Welch – All First Editions in Dust-Wrappers

Mike Tomkies Any Signed Copies

Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451 First UK Edition,or any Signed First editions

RD Wingfield – A Touch of Frost First UK Edition in dust wrapper

Reginald Hill – Any Dalziel and Pascoe Collins Crime Club First Editions up to 1981

Richard Adams – Watership Down First UK Edition published by Rex Collings

Richmal Crompton – Any ‘William’ first editions in hardback and with wrappers pre-1950

Robert Bloch – Psycho First UK Edition published by Robert Hale

Robert Graves – ‘I, Claudius’, ‘Good-Bye To All That’ First UK Edition Published by Jonathan Cape in 1928

Robert Harris – Fatherland First UK Edition Hutchinson 1992

Salman Rushdie – Midnight’s Children First UK Edition or Satanic Verses First UK Edition any Signed copies of either

Seamus Heaney – Signed copies or any First UK Editions before 1995, especially signed

Sebastian Faulks – A Trick of the Light, The Girl at the Lion d’Or or Birdsong First UK Editions

Siegfried Sassoon – Anything before 1940 in dust wrapper and anything signed

Stanley Middleton – Holiday First UK Edition in dust wrapper and also signed

Stella Gibbons – Cold Comfort Farm First Edition in the dust wrapper

Stephen King – Any pre-1980 first editions, UK or US, proof copies, signed copies and limited editions.

Sylvia Plath – Ariel, The Collosus First UK Editions Heinemann or Faber & Faber

T E Lawrence – Seven Pillars of Wisdom First Edition published by Jonathan Cape

Ted Hughes – Signed copies and all First UK Editions (The Iron Man, A Hawk in the Rain) published by Faber

Terry Pratchett – Any first Editions or Signed Copies and any Limited Editions

Thomas Pynchon – First UK Editions of V, The Crying of Lot 49 or Gravity’s Rainbow

Truman Capote – US First Editions up to 1950, any signed copies.

TS Eliot – First UK Editions, and any signed

Ursula Le Guin – Hardbacks pre-1980 First UK Editions and any signed

Virginia Woolf/Leonard – Any First UK Editions published by The Hogarth Press and in dust-Jacket Anything Signed

Bloomsbury Any Interesting collections Roger Fry/Vanessa Bell/Lytton Strachey/Vanessa Bell

Vladimir Nabokov – Any UK first editions considered

VS Naipaul – First editions up to In a Free State (1971) – anything signed

Arthur C Clarke 

Roger Zelazny First Editions

W E Johns – Any first editions in Dust Jackets, without dust jackets considered for early novels

Iris Murdoch Any First Editions or Anything Signed

O’Brian,Patrick First Editions in Dust-Jacket

William Gibson – Neuromancer UK First Edition (Gollancz, 1984) With or without jacket

William S Burroughs – Any first editions published before 1960, or signed editions

William Trevor – First Editions Published before 1970 wanted

Forester,C.S. Pre 1952 First Editions in Dust-Jackets

George MacDonald Fraser Flashman Firsts Editions or Signed Copies

JL Carr One Day In Summer any Signed First Editions  

 

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